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NBA Fans React To Top Picks In 2022 NBA Draft: "OKC Already Looking Like A Problem"

NBA Fans React To Top Picks In 2022 NBA Draft: "OKC Already Looking Like A Problem"

The 2022 NBA Draft is underway and we already know where the top three prospects will be going. In the lead-up to the draft, everyone knew that Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, and Jabari Smith Jr. would be the first three picks, but we didn't know which team would be the one to select them.

Paolo Banchero came out of left field to go No. 1 overall to the Orlando Magic, despite never having even worked out with them. Chet Holmgren went to the most ideal option for him, as he joins the young core in Oklahoma City. Jabari Smith Jr. was the last remaining player, and the Houston Rockets were more than happy to draft him.

But how are people around the league and fans looking at these picks? Is the optimism around their league-changing talent still growing now that everyone knows the teams and situations they will be joining? 

The draft has continued to see top talent go off the boards. The 4th pick saw Sacramento Kings pass on Jaden Ivey for Keegan Murray, a talented forward coming out of Iowa. Detroit pounced on drafting Ivey and now has a backcourt of Cade Cunningham and Ivey, with the possibility of Deandre Ayton signing with the team in free agency. 

Paolo will fit like a glove next to Franz Wagner in the Orlando frontcourt with Wendell Carter Jr. as their center. Chet is getting two dynamic guards in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey setting him up, with versatile defender Lu Dort on the wing. Jabari Smith Jr. gives Houston a fantastic scoring duo with him and Jalen Green, alongside other players like Kevin Porter Jr., Alperen Sengun, and others.

Hopefully, these players live up to their potential and these bottom-feeder teams can fight to make it out of the lottery this season itself.